[ExI] Science

Dylan Distasio interzone at gmail.com
Sat Apr 29 19:21:22 UTC 2023

Science has unfortunately been engulfed and consumed by the same political
framework that has most of the Western world currently in its grip to one
degree or another, and is no longer just about science.   As a long time
reader of that once stellar publication, it's disheartening to witness.
 They're also unfortunately not the only premiere journal to fall victim to

On Sat, Apr 29, 2023 at 3:15 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> I don't know how many of you read Science, a few probably.  The last
> two issues have been interesting.  Two weeks ago there was an article
> on stopping AI research.  This week the lead article was "Panel urges
> caution in tying social, behavioral traits to genes"  Experts split on
> whether risks of perpetuating racism mean group comparisons should not
> be done
> ****
> The panel ultimately concluded that “absent the relevant compelling
> justification(s)—a criterion that some of us think will never be
> met—researchers not conduct, funders not fund, and journals not
> publish research on sensitive phenotypes that compares groups defined
> by race, ethnicity, or genetic ancestry” where it “could easily be
> misunderstood as race or ethnicity.”
> ****
> There are differences between groups and (in some cases) for
> well-understood reasons.  For example, Clark's work showed that the UK
> population was subjected to intense selection for whatever
> psychological traits led to wealth.  But given that AI is expected to
> outclass the best of us, it probably does not make any difference.
> Keith
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